Rwanda Gets US$50 Million for Water Project

Looking to the future: water project aims to ensure long-term sustainability
Looking to the future: water project aims to ensure long-term sustainability

Rwanda signed two financial agreements in form of grants with the Netherlands worth euro 44.9 million (some $50 million).

The money is for supporting Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and to the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity building in Higher Education (NICHE2).

The IWRM project will be supported with $34.9million, whereas the NICHE 2 project will be supported with US$10million and will support development objectives in education sector by providing necessary required skills in education and training by institutions.

“We’ve been doing a lot of investments in water, plus we have been having a lot of floods and also a lot of losing water. We therefore have to combine different processes to make sure that we manage our water,” Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Amb. Claver Gatete said recently in Kigali.

Gatete signed on behalf of the Rwandan government, Netherlands Ambassador to Rwanda, Amb.Leoni Cuelenaere signing on behalf of the Kingdom of Netherlands.

The IWRM program will focus on securing and providing water of adequate quantity and quality for all social and economic needs of the present and future generations with the full participation of all stakeholders in decisions affecting its management.

“If we just focus on investing without managing, this becomes a problem. If we cannot preserve what we have, and what we have developed, managing it in a more sustainable manner, this becomes a problem,” Gatete said.

The Kingdom of Netherlands has had a long-term experience in this area and therefore Rwanda wants to share the experience so that it can manage its resources very well, especially the water resources.

The project looks at capacity building, management, and it works with all the stakeholders.

“We expect to develop, implement and maintain quality technical and vocational education and training programs and practical skills training that deliver graduates that respond to the needs of farmers as well as to demands of farmer support groups, farmer cooperatives and agribusiness,” Minister Gatete said speaking on the NICHE2 funding.

This support will help build the whole value chain in agriculture.

“NICHE2 will allow a better collaboration between Rwandan stakeholders and Dutch Knowledge institutions. It will act as a bridge between institutions and individuals, in the interest of capacity building and knowledge development,” Amb. Cuelenaere said.

She said, “They will in the medium term open up opportunities for increased investment in Water infrastructure, agriculture, and economic development”.

“The IWRM program will help Rwanda to establish institutions and capacity based on its long experience fighting water problems, the Netherlands can mobilize knowledge institutions, firms, and individuals who will work closely with Rwanda stakeholders in the ministries of natural resources, agriculture and of infrastructure but also at district level and even with private firms,” Cuelenaere said.

Netherlands supports Rwanda in three selected priority area which include the private sector development, justice, reconciliation. Law and order sector, decentralization and governance and water and sanitation with funds worth US$230million.

This support from the Netherlands is something that is very crucial, since it is in line with Rwanda’s Vision and the economic development and poverty reduction strategy 2 (EDPRS2).

Under NICHE2, three education institutions will benefit and these include the University of Rwanda more specifically the college of agriculture based in Musanze, INES also based in Musanze and Workforce Development Authority (WDA).

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Source: East African Business Week

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